NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

General Information

Call for Award Nominations

Date Extended to June 7, 2019.

Providing public recognition of exceptional achievement and service within the National Medical Association is an important activity of the Association. Annually, the National Medical Association confers four awards to honor luminaries and those medical societies that have demonstrated exemplary leadership. In addition, we recognize individuals of national and international stature whose efforts significantly benefit health and medicine.

Call for Presentation Abstracts

Health professionals interested in presenting during the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly to be held July 27 – 31, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii are invited to submit abstracts. The deadline for all abstract submissions is Friday, April 26, 2019. Abstracts may be submitted for consideration for either an oral (podium) presentation, or a poster presentation, or for both.

NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program

Residents, fellows, postdoctoral scientists, and early stage investigators interested in academic medicine are encouraged to apply.  Award incudes participation in a two day academic career development workshop and provides support for travel, hotel, and registration for selected applicants to attend the 2019 NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Application deadline is April 15, 2019. 

Authors’ Corner

If you are an author, current NMA member and a registered conference attendee, we invite you to join us in Orlando. You bring the books, we provide the space for free in NMA Central which is located in a prominent location in the Exhibit Hall.


Sunday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Monday: 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 – 3:00 pm


Meeting rooms will be kept cool. Dressing in layers is recommended since the temperature in meeting rooms can vary – from comfortable to chilly. As a result, you might want to dress in layers or bring a shawl/sweater.


The NMA Convention is a professional development event and due to safety liability issues, children under age 18 are not permitted in the Exhibit Hall during installation, exhibit hours and dismantle. (This includes children in strollers).

Internet and Wifi

Limited complimentary wireless internet service is offered in various public areas.

House of Delegates

  • Saturday, July 27, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 28, 2:30–4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 31, 1:30–4:30 pm

NMA Central

Visit NMA Central located in the Exhibit Hall where you can find all things NMA – a place to meet colleagues and authors, a comfortable rest area, private meeting room, snacks, raffle prizes, and much more. NMA staff will be available to provide information about programs, activities, membership, the Journal of the National Medical Association, NMA’s 125thanniversary celebration, and more.

Social Media

NMA permits and encourages the use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and blogging at the conference as a way to summarize, highlight, excerpt, review, critique, and promote the presented materials, syllabus materials, or the conference in general, provided that

  • copyright law is observed;
  • verbatim information is limited to a few quotes; and
  • the author or speaker is referenced and cited appropriately.

Out of respect for the other participants, we ask that noise-making electronic devices be silenced, though they need not be turned off. We understand that they may be used to follow along in the syllabus, tweet, or take notes in accordance with the above stated social media policy.

Official hashtag – #NMA2019HNL

Scooter and Wheelchair Rentals


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841 Pohukaina St, #8
Honolulu, HI 96813


Toll-free number: (833) 264-4633
Phone: (808) 597-8087
Fax: (808) 597-8784

This company offers a wide variety of equipment and offers free delivery to hotels on Oahu, including the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Ala Moana and Prince Hotel. All major credit cards are accepted. We suggest you contact Hawaiian Islands Medical no later than a week in advance of the convention to ensure availability. Kindly identify yourself as an NMA convention attendee.


3-wheeled scooter < 250 pounds: $70 daily; $200 weekly
3-wheeled scooter > 250 pounds: $90 daily; $250 weekly
4-wheeled scooter:  $90 daily; $250 weekly

For Use Only at the Hawaii Convention Center

A limited number of scooters is available at the Hawaii Convention Center for use only the convention center property. The daily rental is $30.

Email HCCBusinessCenter@hccaeg.com to place an order; scooters may be picked up at the Hawaii Convention Center Business Center on the 3rd level.


Several options are available; contact the company for more details. Depending on requirements, prices range from $25–$50 daily and $60–$90 weekly. There are also power and heavy-duty wheelchairs which are priced accordingly.

Please add tax of 4.712% to all prices listed above.

Why I Attend Convention

  • To get an update on important policy and academic updates from the perspective of the many great medical experts. Many of whom are African American. It is also an ideal occasion to meet with prominent African American physicians in my specialty.

    Vernon H. Ross, M.D.
  • Great camaraderie! Also, the ability to increase knowledge in best medical practices in order to improve quality of care for our patients.

    Susanne Tropez-Sims, M.D.
  • I haven’t missed an annual NMA convention since I attended my first over 40 years ago. While I belong to many other professional organizations, NMA is unique in providing both excellent science in addition to health policy and medical information specific for minority populations and physicians of color. Plus – the ability to network with physicians with similar concerns AND former students and residents is something I would not miss!

    Vivian Pinn, M.D.
  • The scientific sessions provide excellent information on advances in my specialty in an environment conducive to discussing special practice issues important for my patients. Spontaneous engagement and discussions with physicians and other healthcare professionals with similar patient demographics further enhances my learning and engagement during the NMA conference.

    Roland Matthews, M.D.
  • I rely on the organization’s leadership to convene critical discussions focused on health policy, healthcare reform and the challenges facing physicians not only in clinical practice, but those in leadership in health plans, academia, pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and public health. NMA convention is also a great time to connect with my medical school alumni, friends and colleagues.

    Rose E. Blackburn, M.D., M.B.A.
  • It is important for doctors to attend the 115th NMA Convention in order to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. The NMA Convention is the most dynamic conference around with the experts and quality CME discussing topics of importance to both clinical medicine and the business of medicine. If you are interested in value added not just volume added healthcare for the communities we serve than the NMA is where you need to come to stay informed and get prepared for the changes to come over the next several years.

    Morris Brown, M.D.
  • It gives me a chance to network with other physicians who share my goals and the challenges I face working towards decreasing health disparities. As the Co-Director of the Rabb-Venable Excellence in Research Program, I also look forward each year to meeting with the youngest generation of underrepresented minority residents and medical students to join our community. In addition to mentoring the new ophthalmologists, I coordinate the Eye Education Program and free screenings with AAO and the Ophthalmology section for NMA attendees and the community.

    Mildred M.G. Olivier, M.D., FACS
  • The NMA ANNUAL Meeting is a great way to network with physician colleagues across the United States to network, discuss policy and healthcare legislation, and to learn the latest innovation in medicine in a supportive, fun, uplifting, & exciting environment reconnecting with friends while able to also enjoy family time with Camp NMAzing!!

    Carlos J. Vital, M.D.
  • The NMA Convention is a unique and empowering gathering of African Americans physicians and others of color in the health care fields. Because the NMA consists of multiple disciplines I am able to update in my field of Pediatrics as well as in other areas that are important for my own health and wellness! I am able to participate in substantive policy and political strategy discussions as well as reunion time with classmates and colleagues. Additionally it’s an opportunity to mentor students and residents of color. It is the one medical conference that I will continue to attend even when I retire from the clinical practice of Medicine.

    Michal A. Young M. D, FAAP, FABM
  • “More than 50% of adults in the United States have never been tested for HIV and a recent study showed that one of the main reasons was because they were never offered an HIV test. Participating in this conference is an opportunity to connect with physicians and remind them that simply recommending an HIV test can play a significant role in preventing new infections and improving the health of those living with HIV.”

    Kwame Chery, CDC

Planning Highlights

Past Presidents Leadership Forum

On Saturday July 27, 2019 from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the NMA Convention in Honolulu, the Past Presidents…

NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program

Residents, fellows, postdoctoral scientists, and early stage investigators interested in academic medicine are encouraged to apply. Award includes participation in…

CCWP Call for Award Nominations

Since 1999, deserving female recipients have been honored during the Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians Annual Muriel Petioni M.D. Awards Luncheon during the NMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly and Convention. Nomination Deadline extended to May 15.

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Convention by Carlos J. Vital, M.D.

The NMA ANNUAL Meeting is a great way to network with physician colleagues across the United States to network, discuss policy and healthcare legislation, and to learn the latest innovation in medicine in a supportive, fun, uplifting, & exciting environment reconnecting with friends while able to also enjoy family time with Camp NMAzing!!